The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies of violating the constitution by arresting two men near a workplace immigration raid. A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that Julian and Julio Mora’s truck was stopped as a result of racial profiling on Feb. 11. Deputies were raiding 66-year-old Julian Mora’s employer when they arrested the two men and took them to the company’s offices.

The suit says Julian Mora is a Mexican citizen who is a legal U.S. resident, and his 19-year-old son, Julio, is a U.S. citizen. Nevertheless, the Hispanic men were handcuffed for more than three hours as deputies questioned dozens of workers.

Arpaio says detentions during such raids are relatively brief given the number of workers who must be screened and the need to keep deputies safe.
Arpaio’s office has conducted numerous workplace raids in the past two years and made more than 300 arrests.

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